Chicago Bears vs. Oakland Raiders in London

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Chicago Bears vs. Oakland Raiders in London

London celebrates the NFL

London celebrates the NFL

London celebrates the NFL

London celebrates the NFL

Madeline Hippeard, Reporter

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On October 6, 2019, the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders met at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, for an exciting game of football. The Raiders had a 17-0 lead at halftime, but in the third quarter the Bears managed to get three touchdowns, overcoming the Raiders 21-17. In the fourth quarter the only touchdown scored was by the Raiders, giving them the win, 24-21.

But why does the NFL regularly send teams to London to play? Why not just let them stay in the US to play? The answer is simple; to establish a presence in other countries. If the NFL wants to establish a presence in other countries, why don’t they just permanently place a team in London? First, this would be extremely expensive, considering every week a team must fly to London or the London based team must fly to the US. Second, the NFL would have to either move a team to London, which would understandably anger the current teams, or create a whole new team, which would be expensive and most likely create problems with the draft and trading players.

The NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, constantly teases a possible London team, but has neither confirmed nor denied whether a London team will happen. Certainly, a new team would cause controversy but is the controversy worth all the possible money the organization would make? Nevertheless, NFL games in London are a good way to establish a presence in other countries, but also create many rumors in the football world.

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